Apiculture New Zealand welcomes the Ministry for Primary Industries’ decision to adjust its mānuka honey science definition for multifloral honey.

“We’re pleased that MPI has listened to industry and delivered a definition that ensures our consumers can continue to have access to good New Zealand multi-floral mānuka honey,” says Karin Kos, Chief Executive of Apiculture New Zealand.

“The definition also gives our industry certainty for the 2018 honey production season,” says Ms Kos.

Ms Kos said the ApiNZ-facilitated industry science work on the impact of the previous definition highlighted the value of sound scientific advice, and the importance of industry and government to keep talking to each other.

“While at times it has been a challenging process working through the definition, we have also made good progress in achieving a shared commitment to a collaborative science programme focused on continuous improvement through new science and technology,” says Ms Kos.

Ms Kos said the industry and MPI science teams were meeting this week to get that programme underway.